Hockey Rink Gas Leak – Watch : Dozens Treated for Carbon Monoxide at Ice Rink

Updated: December 16, 2014
Hockey Rink Gas Leak - Video : Dozens Treated for Carbon Monoxide at Ice Rink

Hockey Rink Gas Leak Sickening 81 Blamed on ‘Zamboni’ Machine, Players from the Dells Ducks and Rochester Ice Hawks teams, along with their relatives and coaches, complained of dizziness, headaches, nausea, and vomiting, the Star Tribune reports.

Local ice arenas say it’s a problem they work hard to prevent.

Using a handheld device, workers check for carbon monoxide at Tri-County Ice Arena on a daily basis.

“It’s not something that’s uncommon,” Director of Operations Troy Schwehr said, “but I think it’s very indicative that you monitor and have systems in place that make sure it doesn’t get to that point.”

The Lake Delton CO leak is being blamed on one of the rink’s two propane-fueled ice resurfacing machines, commonly called a Zamboni, that wasn’t fully combusting and on a ventilation system that couldn’t keep up.

At Tri-County, officials say the resurfacing machine runs on both propane and natural gas, with propane only used as a back-up.

“In a commercial space of this size it would take a tremendous amount of CO to affect a crowd, but if you’re in the bleachers and the Zamboni is out on the ice for an extended period of time you can have some CO poisoning,” Brian Peters, Tri-County Ice Arena, said.

Right now there’s no state law requiring rinks to have carbon monoxide detectors.

“I think most ice arenas when they do have something like that occur you know they’re on it. They want to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Schwehr said.